201. Pubs…

In our travels we often visit a pub to slake a thirst, have a meal, slake our thirst, view historical buildings, slake our thirst, buy supplies for the wine cellar (yes, we really do have a wine cellar including spirits, liqueurs and a fermenting couple of bottles of cumquat brandy which will be ready in a few months) and of course to slake our thirst.

Some pubs are just a convenient location, some are boring architechtually, some are interesting in a historical context and some serve great meals although the great days of a counter lunch seem to be long gone. One great disappointment, for me, is that rarely can we get a simple pie n peas, a traditional meal at a pub once upon a time. The good old mixed grill has not been seen on a menu in a long time except in a few outback locations. Most pubs these days seem to be more intent on a fancy dining room with fancy prices to match.

Anyway…

Following are some of the pubs around the country we have visited. Regrettably we have not taken photos of every pub in every town. Remember, as always, to click on a photo to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge even more.

Have a happy pub crawl.

Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

Criterian Hotel at finch Hatton. The external walls have historical murals of the cane industry..Sugar cane was and still is the major industry in the area. We have eaten here and had a few drinks on a few occassions in the past. The last time I ate here there was a mixed grill on the menu but no pie n peas.

Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Qld.

Oldest hotel in Barcaldene is the Artesian built around 1887. They still do good pub meals and have a delightful front verandah with tables. Donnis last car, the wonderful Subaru Imprezza is parked out the front.

Known as the Glengarrie Hilton, this pub is a series of iron sheds and concrete floors in the bush about 60 klms west of Lightning Ridge. Access is via some very dusty, rutted, winding, corrugated gravel roads. hardly where you would expect to find a pub. In fact there is not a real town and starnge but true, two other pubs operate within a a 5 klm radius and do a good business. Yes they do meals in the historical way. Well worth a visit and permission to camp on the grounds and use the bush camp showers is easily forthcoming.

Hamers Hotel at Strahan Tasmania. This place has gone the way of having fancy expensive bars and dining rooms. It overlooks the harbour. That is our previous motorhome, a converted Toyota Coaster bus, parked out front.

Railway Hotel at Imbil, Qld. The railway has gone - except for the twice weekly Valley rattler tourist train from Gympie.

Retreat Hotel near Nebo, Qld. Once popular, fell into decline, now popular once more. Free camping available on the grounds. Some power is available. Good meals. Interesting visitors.

Rubyvale Hotel at...Rubyvale, Qld of all places. Fine example of an old log cabin style construction with a huge fireplace in the dining room. Great meals especially in the winter with lots of patrons and a roaring fire to keep the cold outside. Good atmosphere.

Wallangara Hotel at Wallangarra which straddles the Qld / NSW border on the New England Highway. The sign on the wall says "Last Pub in Qld". A sign on the other side of the building says "First Pub in Qld".

More pubs to feature sometime in the future.

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